F206. Making Sure Everyone is Here: The Empathetic Classroom as Inclusive Space

F151, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


“Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing.” These are just some of the ideas presented by Leslie Jamison in her provocative book The Empathy Exams. On this panel, teachers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines discuss strategies, uses, and misuses of empathy in the classroom. Each panelist explores a different aspect of empathy as a way of broadening the discussion of empathy’s pedagogic function.



Kimberly Grey is the author of The Opposite of Light. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. She teaches for the Stanford Online High School and Stanford Online Writers Studio.

Katie Peterson is the author of four books of poetry including The Accounts (winner of the 2014 University of North Texas Rilke Prize) and A Piece of Good News. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

Kathleen Spada teaches at the University of Cincinnati where she is also a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric & Composition. She holds an MA in English from Northern Kentucky University. Her research consists of auto-ethnography, literary nonfiction, and new approaches to teaching composition as creative praxis.

F. Douglas Brown is the author of two poetry collections: ICON, and Zero to Three, winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He also co-authored, Begotten, with poet Geffrey Davis. Brown is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow, and he teaches literature at Loyola High School of Los Angeles.

Chiyuma Elliott is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of two books of poetry: California Winter League and Vigil.


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